University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on the delivery of health care to those who need it most. Building on Partners In Health’s three decades of delivery experience, and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE is training the next generation of global health leaders from Africa and beyond.
In many parts of the world, the traditional scope of health education does not suffice. The implementation needs are vast and deep and the challenges complex and messy. Addressing them requires experienced understanding of the cultural, social, and economic conditions in which patients live, a detailed knowledge of the biological basis of disease, and practical skills for program management and evaluation. Furthermore, it requires an interdisciplinary focus on One Health – a framework that incorporates human and animal medicine with environmental science to improve health outcomes.
UGHE is our antidote to this gap in higher education. As the world’s first delivery-focused university, UGHE stands alone both in its focus on equity and its proximity to health systems that face the very challenges that students will grapple with in the classroom. UGHE graduates will be the policy makers and doctors, the scientists and systems builders, who will lead health delivery for generations to come.